ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in New York City in 1968, ROBERT ABAD has spent the last thirty years studying and capturing life through the lens of his trusty pocket-sized cameras. A prolific traveler, mentor and teacher, Robert has shared his knowledge and unique insights on global trends and emerging markets with universities, corporations, governments and media outlets globally. Away from his career in finance, Robert is passionate about world culture, storytelling and film. He holds Master’s degrees from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia Business School, and is a graduate of New York University and Regis High School. He is also the founder of EM+BRACE, a global mentorship initiative that came to life in 2015. Robert currently lives in Pasadena, California, with his equally adventurous wife, Monica, his two daughters, Sofia and Ariella and their rescue dog, Martin.
"We created MOMENT to help children see more of the world as it is. For us, real education is about appreciating the stories that are mostly invisible, raw or hidden. It's in these stories - or moments - where you get insight into someone else's life. That helps to create real connections which allow you to work together to try and find a solution to a problem." - Sofia Abad (14) and Ariella Abad (12)
ABOUT OUR TEAM
Born and raised in Colombia, Monica Mitrani brings her passion and wide-ranging experience in empowering disenfranchised youth and advancing social justice causes worldwide to the MOMENT movement. Her background spans 20+ years in strategic consulting, business development and market research with an emphasis on the US Hispanic market. Monica holds an Executive Program Certification in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College. She is a Board Member for Amigos de Los Rios, a non-profit dedicated to the creation of a green infrastructure network of culturally meaningful parks and trails in Los Angeles to counteract effects of climate change. She is also an Advisory Board Member for Imagine Theatre a non-profit that strives to build an empathetic and inclusive society, across cultures, by immersing young people in theatre that celebrates gender equity, diversity, and civic engagement.
Marc Lavine works in finance and has been on Wall Street for over 23 years. He attributes his long career to his strong work ethic and the good character he has shown every person he has met in that time. Off the trading floor, Marc has helped build Cycle for Survival; a national fund raiser for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering which has raised almost $300 million since inception. Marc lives his life through a lens of kindness and inclusivity.
Marc has his BS in Finance from Boston University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and 3 children.
Born in Redwood City, California but raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Johanna Adler brings her knowledge and enthusiasm as an experienced K-12 Spanish teacher to the MOMENT movement. Her background spans from sales and marketing for Johnson & Johnson Medical to teaching K-12 Spanish in both private and public schools in Rhode Island and Florida for over 20 years. In her current role as Executive Director of Education for Academic Partnerships, Johanna helps universities grow and students succeed by increasing access to top-quality, affordable and workforce relevant education delivered online. She is in the business of changing lives through education. Johanna holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración (CESA) in Bogotá, Colombia as well as a second Bachelor’s in Education from Rhode Island College, a Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from American College of Education, and she is currently pursuing certification as an Independent Educational Consultant at the University of California – Irvine.